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Windows Vista Please Wait Screen Appears for 2 Minuites Before the Login Screen

Q: Windows Vista Please Wait Screen Appears for 2 Minuites Before the Login Screen

I have just set up a new laptop with Vista and installed all of the new updates but when I restart the computer or turn it on the please wait screen comes up for about 2 minutes before showing the login screen.

The PC I'm on now is lower spec and shows the login screen instantly. I have searched the internet and tried disabling start up programs to speed it up but to no avail does anyone have any idea what could be causing it to say Please wait for so long?

The specs of the PC are:

2gb Ram
2ghz Dual Core Processor
250gb Harddrive

Thanks in Advance

A: Windows Vista Please Wait Screen Appears for 2 Minuites Before the Login Screen

that usually means it is installing updates, if its a new laptop there may be a lot of updates for it to catch up on, it won't do them all at once, but over a period.

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Hi All,

I installed SP2 a few days back and now when the computer is inactive for about 10 minutes it reverts to the log in screen. I checked the Screen Saver and it is set to "None" so it should be where I left it.

I have the monitor shut off after 15 minutes and I don't have a security issue so that login screen is a pain in the butt.

Looks like it might be some micro$oft "wisdom" in SP2.

Any suggestions on where to look to disable it?


A:Solved: Vista SP2 login screen appears now

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Hi, I have an office desktop pc (HP COMPAQ ELITE 8100) running 64-bit Windows 7. I was manually running Windows update and manually updating some of my drivers when the pc suddenly turned itself off.

I turned it back on and now it doesn't get to the login screen anymore. It just displays a black screen with a movable mouse cursor although I can't really click anything or even press any keys on the keyboard.

I tried loading into the recovery environment but it only gives me the option to restore my hard drive to factory settings, which I don't want since I have lots of important files in it.

I've searched around the forums but I can't find a problem that is EXACTLY like mine.

By the way, my pc is on a dual boot mode with an Ubuntu 11.10 and that is how I'm able to access this forum right now. The dual boot was set-up by the employee that I replaced so I have no idea how this is set-up.
Any help would be appreciated!

A:Black screen with movable mouse cursor before login screen appears

Firstly, boot into the Linux operating system, and then create a backup of all important files and data.

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Hi everyone. I'm having trouble with my Acer laptop. This is what happened. I recieved an automatic update for IE9. I tryed it out, I did not like the new settings. So, I tryed to delete it, it said that I do not have permission to do that. So I did a System Restore to go back to IE8 and it looked like it was doing it's thing. Then it went into the Blue Error Screen. I turned my laptop off and then back on after a minute or so. Everything looked ok, all the intros still come on but "Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (Full Version) Login Screen or Welcome Screen" does not load at all. Just stays on a blank black screen with the mouse arrow. I tried using the F8 options on the laptop but they have not done anything so far. SafeMode does not work and apparently there are no Restore Points anymore. No Backups either. Command Prompt still works. I did a scan and it said there is nothing wrong but there is. Should I get the full version of Windows Vista Install Disk and use the Repair option from there? You know where the disk has options like Install, Uninstall, Repair? I'm not talking about a Recovery Disk with the same F8 options as my laptop.

A:No Windows Vista Login Screen after System Restore goes into Blue Error Screen.

Originally Posted by staypuft

Hi everyone. I'm having trouble with my Acer laptop. This is what happened. I recieved an automatic update for IE9. I tryed it out, I did not like the new settings. I tryed to delete it, it said that I do not have permission to do that. So I did a system restore to go back to IE8 and it looked like it was doing it's thing. Then it went into Blue Error Screen. I turned my laptop off and then back on after a minute or so. Everything looked ok, all intros still comes on but "Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (Full Version) Login Screen or Welcome Screen" does not load at all. Just stays with a blank screen and arrow. I tried using the F8 options on the laptop but they have done nothing so far. SafeMode does not work and apparently there are no Restore Points. No Backups either. Command Prompt still works. I did a scan and it said there is nothing wrong but there is. Should I get the full version of Windows Vista Install Disc and use the repair option from there? You know where it has options like Install, Uninstall, Repair? I'm not talking about a Recovery Disc with same F8 options.

Can someone please give me an explaination on how I can boot a disc from a DVD drive. I'm unable to login to Windows Vista, do I use the Command Prompts to boot a disc?

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I have a HP 350 G1 and the startup is very slow.
From that the Background image is displayed until that the login form is displayed there is a wait for about 3 minutes.

How do I find out what the computer is doing during this wait?

A:Long wait until login form appears - HP Laptop

The system you are referring to does not match your "My System Specs" Page. Would you mind providing the hardware of the computer so I can better assist you? Thanks,


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I want to run C# program when login screen appears.
I will explain it

e-g there is no one sitting on my computer and my computer suddenly restarts and I want to run mine program which is very important all I want is that that program will run in background weather someone login the computer or not.

That program should be independent of user login.

Can anyone help me please

A:I want to run C# program when login screen appears

I think that we can help using this great tutorial
Task - Create to Run a Program at Startup and Log On

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im ragu,i always like to play games ,but on some day my integrated dislay driver has gone so i buys a agp card to fix it.after fixing it i need to install a graphics driver ,so i install ATI catalyst control center and omega graphics drivers.

And after somedays i uninstalled omega software drivers,but after i removed it my pc changes to 800*600 resolution from 1024* i installed omega drivers again and it worked perfectly.

But on the next time when i starts my PC my pc boots but before login screen appears ,i only see a black screen and if i restarts my pc again it goes in.All the time it happening when i starts my pc i need to restart my pc twice to login every time.please help me out on this thank you.

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I was having Windows vista Home premium installed on my laptop Acer Aspire 5738ZG. I tried to upgrade to Windows 7 Home premium. Installation was successfully completed but after first boot screen a message "Please wait for moment" appeared & my laptop was restarted. The same process appeared again & again. I also formatted my hard disk & reinstalled but same problem persists. Please help me.
My system configuration:
intel T4300 2.1Ghz
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570M

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Whenever I restart my computer, after I log on and my desktop displays, I immediately get a green screen that says "Please Wait" and lasts for about 10 seconds.

It doesn't seem to affect my computer, but it is slightly annoying. Here is a screenshot of what is happening.

I'm running Windows 8.1 64-bit

A:Green "Please Wait" screen appears when booting

When did the problem start? Have you scanned for malware? What if you click Cancel?

If this only happens at boot, you need to look at what starts with Windows. Autoruns will tell you more than you need to know - but you might first try WinPatrol - free, but the Pro version is well worth it, IMO.

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Sometimes my monitor goes black for a second, sometimes 3-4 times, and then it locks the screen.
What could cause this?
Can this be related to security?
I have a turn monitor off shortcut, created with nircmd. Can it be related to that?
(No, it doesn?t happen when I use the shortcut, it is on the desktop. It happens, when I turn the mouse wheel sometimes).

A:Monitor goes black and login screen appears

What do you mean by "locks the screen?"

Does the lock screen come on or does the machine freeze (or just become unusable) and you need to hard reboot it?

Sounds like it could be a TDR issue, but we'll see about your response.

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I have two machines that I've installed Windows 7 Professional 32-bit on and I'm having the same problem on both. When I turn on my computer it goes to the login welcome screen and stops. I have to click on my picture for it to continue logging into the desktop. I have no password and only one admin account set up on either one. I tried setting up the auto login using netplwiz in the search bar but it doesn't do anything. I set up a password and set up the autologin and it didn't work on either machine. So now I'm back to no password and in need of help. Anyone got any ideas?

A:Login Screen Appears with no password and one account

Log On Automatically at Startup

Run or Search

de-select option


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My os is windows 7 ultimate
32 bit
hardware age :-2.5 years
i've re-installed OS 4 times because of BSOD,
i ve performed memory test:- 4 pass 0 error

some times BSOD when login screen appears ,some times after logon

A:some times BSOD when login screen appears

No DMP file included in upload. Try this method.

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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Ok, before I head straight to the point, I'd like to stress out that I have tried almost everything to get this fixed. Such as uninstalling drivers, removing hardware, switching HDD, RAM, Google, etc.

I have an Asus Pentium 4 P800-E Delux 2.8Ghz 2GB RAM
With: Windows XP SP2

[What happened?]
From what I recall, I did absolutely nothing for this to happen (as far as I know). I left the PC on (while logged AFK on a MMORPG) and I woke up the next morning to the Blue Screen Of Death. This wasn't the first time it has happened and would only occur occasionally like, every month or so. Usually a restart would fix it and everything would be fine. However, just recently I am unable to load windows normally.

[The problem]
My problem is; I get the BSOD after the Windows XP screen has loaded, but before the login screen loads (or sometimes a few seconds after the login screen has loaded). My mouse would lock up right before the BSOD.

[What am I limited to?]
I can bypass the BSOD when boot up in Safe Mode, however! when I boot up in Safe Mode With Networking, I get the BSOD before the login screen.

This is what shows up on the BSOD I'm getting word for word:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identif... Read more

A:BSOD appears seconds after login screen 0x07E

With everything you checked or changed so far, it doesn't leave much other than the power supply or motherboard

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When starting my PC the user account name from a deleted user account appears as the default login account.

This user account does not appear when looking at the manage user account screens as it was deleted by the account holder (the former owner of the PC).

How do I stop this deleted user account name appearing at login?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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System has 3 accounts: Administrator password protected, and two standard user accounts. The guest account is off.
On both startup or "swittch user" the login screen only shows the system admin account icon and the password field is waiting for input. Although the two standard user accounts still show up in the "manage users" control panel utility.
Problems started as "the user profile service failed the logon". Logon screen showed all three accounts, but one of the stanrd user accounts couldn't be successfully logged into.
Followed method #1 to edit registry and rename/copy/edit the S-1-5 keys. There was a S-1-5 .bak for the problem account. After editing the registry, and upon reboot only the system administrator account appeared. 
Used windows restore to try to go back before the problems. The first restore point I picked failed to "install" on reboot, reported that either the restore point had problems or anti-virus program was blocking the restore. Disabled AVG, still wouldn't "apply" the restore. So I picked an earlier point in time, that restore installed without errors. The system has been rebooted several times, windows has applied patches on one of the reboots.
I tried a few other things and got non repeatable results. Once created a new standard user account. The "other user" logon icon appeared for "switch user". I tried login into one of the standard user accounts and it succeeded. I have since... Read more

A:only system administrator account appears on login screen

Hi drewp, according to the microsoft link you've just followed, there are certain options to take before using the registry edit as mentioned before the 3 steps accordingly. If you haven't removed completely AVG, please do so as it could be the problem in the very beginning. Use the AVG removal tool just to make sure then check the difference. Another step to take is to run system file checker and then see if any corrupt and repaired files from the text output log. Check also the user profile service is in default or automatic. If nothing happens, move the profile account as described in method#2 from the provided MS link.

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I used NETPLWIZ to bypass windows login.
This worked fine for a while, then all of a sudden the login screen started reappearing but the auto sign in still processed.
It's not a train smash, just annoying.
How can I get the process to take place without the screen appearing?

A:Login screen still appears after removing username/ password required

Turn it off and on again.

Sorry if it is dumb sounding reply but I often have to do it. Tick the box on netplwiz, say OK, untick the box and say OK. Keep repeating this until it works.

I've not changed my MS password for years but it still seems to bug me in the same way now and again and resetting netplwiz always works for me.

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I have recently encountered a problem with explorer.exe. A black screen with only mouse cursor appears for long time after login to my ID, it takes approximately 7 to 10 mins before the desk top loading up.

Anyway every time I now logon I have to press 'Ctrl-Alt-Del' and then open Task Manager, and run a new task 'explorer.exe' and everything is loading quickly. I'm just wondering why it keeps doing this?

Thanks, all help is appreciated,

A:A black screen with only mouse cursor appears for long time after login to my ID

Can you boot into safe mode? If you can try SFC. Also if safe mode works try a clean startup.

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This has been frustrating me for the past few hours. I tend to run a minecraft server on my 3 year old toshiba laptop. Now this problem I have encountered a few times before and was resolved by using system restore. However this time there are no restore points. What happened was i turned moved the laptop from my couch to my room and turned it on. It attempted to run startup fix or whatever it is called which i thought was odd but i let it continue. It kept going and i fell asleep. I woke in the morning to find my laptop off (someone else may have shut it off, I'm not sure) and when i attempted to turn it on it took me to the regular screen, booted normally but then hung with nothing but a mouse on black. I restarted a few times to have the same problem. Now it tends to go to the wolcom screen but hangs on the little blue vista loading wheel beside the word "Welcome" Safe mode doesnt work (Lists all the processes its starting then freezes and restarts, leaving it to T, the startup fix doesn't work, I've tried using regedit to fix it, tried to open task manager, tried to run with nothing put the charger plugged in and several other things. I can sometimes get it to go to just a movable cursor on a black screen but i still cant open task manager. I dont have the vista disk but i can wipe it without losing my os (Dont really want to do this as i will lose everything.) The last program i installed was rainmeter but i was able to start the computer several times with it ... Read more

A:Windows vista hangs on "welcome" login screen screen

Also it seems to become stuck on the screen with the green loading bar with "(c) Microsoft" below.

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For Windows Vista, is there a way so when I turn PC on it doesnt ask for the username and password?

A:Windows Vista Login Screen

Tomay60, actually I did this on both my desktop and laptop, it's click on control panel, click security, at security center click on "require a password when computer wakes". I did this because I don't have anyone else using my computers though.

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Background: A week ago on vacation, I opened my HP Pavilion dv7-2173cl (a laptop running Vista Home Premium SP2) and suddenly, green and black lines began forming across its screen. I was later told this was a pressure crack, although that is not what I'm posting about. Freaked out, that day I turned the computer off and on several times using only the power button, once foolishly interrupting a "Startup Repair" process.

Problem: When I got home I hooked up the laptop to my TV so I could see what was going on. After attempting to turn it on many times, I eventually got the BSOD with a STOP:0x0000c1f5 error. I couldn't access the Recovery Module (even to backup) or Safe Mode. Going into personally uncharted territory, I booted from a Linux System Rescue CD to delete the $TxfLog file that was apparently the cause of the problem. I no longer get the BSOD, I get a black screen (KSOD?) (sometimes w/mouse, sometimes w/o) after the "yellow bar" loading screen. I still can't get into Safe Mode but I was able to use a Vista repair CD I downloaded to (finally) backup onto an external hard drive.

What I've Done So Far: I've run chkdsk, checked the memory and hard disk from BIOS options, and run Startup repair. I did the kind of Windows backup where everything goes to one file.

I'd prefer not to start from scratch if I can avoid it. Thanks so much for any and all help guys, I appreciate it a lot.


A:Vista won't start up, black screen before login screen.

I couldn't access the Recovery Module...Do you have a Recovery CD, Windows Vista CD, or Recovery Drive (partition)?What happened when you tried to access it?------------------------------------------------------------You said that you were able to backup onto an external harddrive, so important data is safe.The best option right now would probably be to re-format.

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Hello I hope someone can help me out with my problem.

About the problem.
Yesterday I did a shutdown from the start menu and turned off my monitors, however the computer did not shutdown and was still on after 10 minutes so I just turned it off with the power button.
Today I started my computer it boots I get the usual loading bar and then a black screen and not my welcome screen.

So I have tried the following to fix it:
I tried booting with last known configurations, and got the same problem.
I tried booting in safe mode, it loads for about 5 minutes and then just stops loading.
I tested the memory with a memory test from Acer, no problems found.
I tried booting with a lower resolution, get the same problem.
Just to see if its not a hardware problem, I have booted a linux live cd and that worked.
I have an acer recovery menu but it wont let me recover to a previous point.
And I don't have a vista CD or recovery disk.
I think it was updating when I shut it down..

So i hope anyone has a solution for my problem, if you need more information please ask and I'll answer.

Many thanks for reading and maby even replying to my problem.



Somehow after waiting an hour doing nothing then rebooting into safemode worked!
There i could do a system restore and problem is solved!

A:Vista boots to black screen instead of login screen

See if there is information on that PC on making recovery disks. I just used 2 dual layer DVD's to make recovery disks for a Compaq laptop.

Also, next time your machine boots to a completely black screen....let it stay there while it re-configures it's self. Don't be so impatient

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Four days ago I installed BB flashback software but due to some problems I had to uninstall it and the installation didn't complete. After that day, whenever I open my Toshiba Laptop the windows vista boots normally but stucks at 'please wait while your system is preparing' screen. After waiting for a long time, I opened task manager, ended that running screen and then my laptops works just fine. I don't know what's that. I tried system restore many times but it always ends up unsuccessful. Later on I even installed BB flashback successfully and a new anti-virus AVG, but the problem persists. Any idea and any suggestions please???

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Hey guys,
Well I am having a problem after logging into windows, it goes to a black screen, i can press shift 5 times to get a dialog open but it does not navigate away from there.
I have tried system restore no luck.
Checked my regedit - I cannot see any issue swithin winlog
I have retired to roll back my graphics card

But, I am able to login to my guest account and everything works fine, but when I try to run anything that needs admin permissions nothing happens.

A:Windows Vista Black screen after login

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows Vista and recently ran a Windows Automatic Update. The next time I started up my PC, however, it began to load windows, the icon showed up, and the startup sound played, but rather than the usual login screen it was just a blank, black screen with no mouse cursor.

My first step was to reboot, which had no effect.

Then I rebooted again, and when the blank, black screen was encountered, tried typing in my Windows password. This caused the screen to display my Desktop Wallpaper, but nothing else (no menu bar, no icons, nothing). If I press Ctrl-Alt-Del while the wallpaper is displayed, it goes back to the blank, black screen.

I then booted in Safe Mode without a problem and did a System Restore to just before the last Windows Update. The Restore proceeded and automatically restarted the PC. However, the same problem was encountered. I tried another System Restore to an earlier restore point, but the same problem was encountered.

I then tried booting using the Last Known Good Configuration option, but again the same problem.

Any suggestions? Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

A:Windows Vista Does Not Display Login Screen

Have you tried the Repair option via the Windows Installation DVD?

Boot up from DVD device

Press any key when prompt

Choose language in the wizard

Choose Partition

Choose Repair

Try Startup repair or the System restore

This has solved many things for me ! Good luck

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My computer won't let me go past the login screen. It lets me type in the password and makes it seem like its thinking but then says "the user profile service service failed the login. User profile cannot be loaded. "
I am running Windows vista home premium on a Toshiba satellite L305D-S5895
AMD turion x2 64

Please help! I need to at least get the stuff off of it.thank you

A:Windows vista won't go past login screen

There are several ways to do it, outlined in this Microsoft knowledgebase article, but it all depends on how comfortable you are with going that route. In your instance, you'd be looking at Method 1, and I've used this before when fixing others' PCs who've encountered the same problem. As long as you go slowly and follow each step slavishly, you should be fine. However, I do understand if you feel nervous about this and, if so, perhaps we can look at the alternatives.

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I was wondering what folder is the Vista logo in the bottom of the screen during logon, and/or how to change the image

A:Windows Vista logo in login screen

Maybe this will help.

Logon screen - Change

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Hey TechSupportGuy Forums!

When I turned on the computer this morning (Windows Vista 64bit home premium) I got to the login screen (You know, with the picture you selected and a text box to put your password) and after about 1 second, it looks like it adjusts the resolution or something and everything dissapears. All thats on the screen is an enlarged mouse. I cannot get anywhere else. I emergency restarted my computer and the problem still happens. I am able to run on safe mode without this happening, only when I choose to boot it up normally does this happen. Please Help

A:Windows Vista Login Screen Restricted View

use system restore in safe mode only loads basic systems,so something you recently installed may be doing this.if that doesnt work,use your install discs to repair it.

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I've got a fresh install of Vista x64, and when I install the Geforce drivers I'm not able to boot Windows normally. The green loading bar runs fine, but when it's over I don't get to see the login screen - it's just black. I have to enter into safe mode (which works) and uninstall the graphics driver.

The exact same thing is true for Windows XP 64-bit. But on WinXP the driver installation program caused huge lag also:


Graphics: XFX 8800 GTX
Mainboard: Asus Striker II Extreme

EDIT: Bootlog attached.

A:Black screen instead of login screen in XP AND Vista

I ran chkdsk and tried an older Nvidia driver, with no success...

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Hey there Vista forums,

Hoping you can help me out.

This week, i've been having a lot of issues with Windows Vista. It's been freezing, blue screening, refusing to boot properly, and a list of other issues. I've tried fix after fix, and i feel as though now i've just compounded the problem.

From the start I'd like to say that I am an OEM system builder, and i have my own coppy of a full windows vista 64 bit installation CD.

I run two hard drives, 500gb and 750gb, with windows vista installed on the 500, and nothing but games on the 750.

The issue i have right now is that i cant log in past the welcome screen.

It started with the computer telling me upon startup that it cant load vista, because winload.exe was either missing or corrupt. Some research showed me that it was a common problem, and gave me some things to try as fixes.

So far, i have:

Run Chkdsk
Run Sfc /scannow (it didnt work)
Ran the startup repair from the Vista CD
Tried booting in safe mode
Run more Chkdsks
Run MORE chkdsks
Run more startup repairs (each one yielding different results)

And somehow, i've gotten the computer to turn on, and bring me to the login screen. However, once i log in, It just goes to a black screen with nothing.

I have researched this, too, and tried bringing up Task Manager, and then manually rebooting Explorer.exe

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A:Windows Vista won't load past login screen, after many problems.

Hello, well, interesting situation here, Hardware or software, If able post this log : Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
If unable , can you check your hardware please : Memory Diagnostics
and this one : HD Diagnostic

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Well the title was hopefully discriptive and brief enough to get some skilled help on this one so here is a bit more details.

I am working on a DELL XPS 410 with Vista Home Premium build 6000, its a couple years old. Its not mine and I am not entirely familiar with the machine. I do know this it can handle vista fine and works well until yeasterday. I am told the machine came from Dell and was bought just as Dell switched to not offering XP anymore. I do not know what updates have been applied.

Error Details :
Boots fine to login screen, then I get error message "Windows must be reinstalled to Activate" I hit close and get droped to Login screen. I click admin user (only user available) and get the message again.

As an additional error the bottom right of my screen reads This Copy of Windows is not Genuine. Windows Vista Build 6000

I do have Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leapord disks available if I need to use them but would rather not. I do not as yet know if Vista disks are available.

What I need:
I need to recover critical buisness files from the computer if at possible before doing a reinstall.

Attempting a safe mode boot to try and recover files now while I wait for "hopefully prompt" response.

A:Vista Home, Windows must reinstall to activate, stuck at Login screen

As an update, I am able to login via safe mode and in the process of backing up files.

I still do not know the cause of my errors above and would greatly appriciate some insight.

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Vista - Screen/Monitor Problem

I just upgraded to vista about 3 weeks ago, and everything was working fine. I shut my computer off a couple nights ago and when i went to turn it on it went through the regular start-up, and Welcome screen, and then went black. I had an error message that popped up (i will turn the computer on to check what it said and will post it) but everything behind the message was still black.

When i turn the computer on in safe mode the screen works fine. Is there a way for me to see what the problem is in safe mode? I backed up everything, but my recovery disk 1 isn't working (i dont now if it is the computer or the disk, so before i buy new disks i want to see if there is anything that could be done to fix it).

Does anyone recognize this problem? Please Help!

A:Vista - After Welcome screen appears, moniter goes black!

HI sdouce4

You mention that your Recovery Disks don't work -- does that mean that you have attempted a Recovery using those Disks since your problem with the monitor appeared? That could complicate things a little, since such recoveries tend to overwrite areas of the hard drive.

If you haven't tried the Recovery Disks yet, or if you started to, but the recovery was aborted by either you or some error message, then you might still be able to troubleshoot & repair things from the PCs current state.

2 Quick-Fix tries:

Quick-Fix #1
1) Boot your computer into Safe Mode.
2) Right-click on a blank area of your desktop, and select "Properties"
3) In the "Settings" tab, select "Advanced"
4) Look for a "Monitor" tab (the Advanced Settings can vary depending on what graphics card is in your computer)
5) In the Monitor tab, look for a selection area for refresh-rate -- make sure it is a rate supported by your monitor.

(you can do the same for the 'resolution' setting)

Quick-Fix #2
1) Boot your computer into Safe Mode.
2) Use System Restore, selecting a restore point from before your display problem. You can find System Restore by navigating: Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore. (You can also simply type "System Restore" in the 'Start Search' box on the Vista Start Menu, and press Enter).

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Hello friends, I recently got the Gnome desktop environment on the Ubuntu Software Center, and I used the gdm and startx command as said by another forum site. Nothing wrong, they said to logout, tried to login again, goes to a black screen and sends me back to the Ubuntu login screen. Tried again, same result, panicked. Looked up video tutorial on how to fix it, they said to access the control panel via ctrl-alt-f1 or f2, went to a black screen, no text at all, computer runs fine, no crashing. Is there a special way to access the terminal in a System76 computer, I really don't know very confusing? Is there a way to login with the guest session? I use Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf on my laptop. What causes this, I read on Ubuntu forums it's driver issues with Ubuntu and Nvidia, but I have my suspections with the Gnome desktop environment.

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After the Starting Windows screen a blank black screen with a cursor that I can move pops up that lasts a minute (shouldn't happen with SSD, used to be ~10 second boot). Afterwards the login screen will appear as normal and everything works as normal. This doesn't happen when I boot into safe mode.

I attached a list of start up services, installs, and scheduled tasks, along with my latest boot log.

Any suggestions?

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Hi All,
Please kindly let me know how could i stop the spotlight (drop-down) screen in windows 10 using registry settings.
Means while we lock the computer or while we restart the computer then there one screen appears then we press "Space" and then went to up and then we can see the login credential page to login to the windows. I need to disable the same screen using
registry change".

I have tried with the registry
Right-click the Windows folder and click New > Key. Name this new key "Personalization" and then navigate inside it.

but still i am getting the drop-down screen in windows i want to disable the screen it should not appears on the login page.
please let me know how could i disable that screen.
If we can increase the time for the screen then how we can increase the time to display the screen.

Thanks & Regards,

yogendra kumar

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I have tried to repair from the disk and I have tried a system restore. It will only start in safe mode without extra functionality. It happened yesterday when my power after out ran

A:windows 7 is stuck on the please wait screen

If I leave out inn that screen for long enough eventually it just shuts off

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I recently tried upgrading to windows 10 64bit but when it said preparing download my power went out. I know that this is the problem that is causing this, but HOW do you fix this? I really need my pc back as quickly as possible.

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Greetings, A power outage during an operating system upgrade is, pretty much, a deal breaker. Did you backup data prior to this event? You could see if any data is salvageable by connecting the HDD to a different PC. Do you have any bootable rescue media such as a Win 8.1 Recovery Drive or any third party rescue media? Did you create a Microsoft or third party system image on an external drive? If no to the above, your options are limited.  You may have to rebuild the system from the HP Factory image using discs or USB stick you created after purchasing this PC from HP.. Jay

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I turned on my laptop and logged I fine. I then downloaded avast anti virus it then popped up and said that it needs to restart to work. So my laptop restarted and was stuck on the please wait page. I tried pressing ctrl alt delete and I turned if off and on again it didn't work. I have searched online and I don't know what wrong. I can't click on anything so I don't know what to do. does anyone have any ideas. It would be very helpful.

A:Windows 8 stuck on please wait screen. Please help

Please add a screenshot of where its stuck.

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Hey, need some help yet again!

Yesterday, I downloaded Mission Against Terror (New MMOFPS), and I downloaded it. Upon updating with the patcher, my laptop went haywire. It started opening up random IE windows, slow speed, etc etc.

I did a whole memory scan, and a malware/adware/spyware scan. There were several viruses and whatnot, but what is important are the files: SVC2.exe and 2008.exe, you'll find it why later on. The anti-virus said that it had fixed/deleted everything.

So, I restarted my laptop, hoping that I'd get it up and running in safe mode for any further scans. Unfortunately, when I restarted it, after the windows 7 loading screen (which is right before login screen), a black screen appeared. With nothing at all. Not even a cursor. BLACK. JUST BLACK with NO keyboard access/mouse access. But, that's expected since it's BEFORE the login screen. It's the same with normal boot, boot that does that "last best used option" or whatever, safe mode, with networking, etc etc. All the same. Black screen.

Good thing I had WIN XP on my other hard drive. So, I booted up into WIN XP (where I'm posting this from), and did a FULL (NOT QUICK) system scan, to find the SAME Viruses YET AGAIN: SVC2.exe and 2008.exe, along with some other minor tracking cookies and what-not. Win XP (on second drive) is also having a few problems, like IE shutting down every second (using firefox now). Think this is a whole system prob. But, why? Didn't the antivirus-es fix it? I... Read more

A:Black Screen BEFORE Login screen and AFTER Windows 7 logo/loading!

Hi your problem can best be addressed in the security section of the forum

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Hello, I'll go ahead and start from the very beginning. Thanks in advance though for taking a look at my problem.

About a month ago, my computer would give me a few problems while booting up. I would start the computer, it would run through BIOS, run through the Windows loading screen, and after that it would run the CHKDSK to make sure my disks are fine. CHKDSK doesn't work, it just freezes right before checking the disks, so I restart and generally it will boot up. Most of the time it would boot up perfectly, but rarely would it go to the xp loading screen and then flicker as if it as going to go to the windows login screen but wouldn't. The screen would just stay black and I'd have to restart. Next time, generally it would work perfect.

So this brings me to the current day. After the windows xp loading screen, it goes black. The computer is on, but I don't see any activity for the HDD via the LED. SO i go into safe mode, i finally get CHKDSK to run, I had to really mess with some stuff to get that working. Windows says the volume is fine, and the only way I can boot my PC is in safe mode, but even that will freeze sometimes while loading some of the files.

Just to let you know I'm running Raid0, and this is my first time running it. I'm not sure if this symptom is a common problem if one of the disks are going out. Does anyone know whats going on? Could it be a virus that messed with a boot.ini or any startup stuff? also, is there anyw... Read more

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Hi I would really appreciate any advice i've been trying to fix for four hours without any luck.

I have an Acer aspire 5732Z. I turn my laptop on and it shows the starting windows screen then just goes to a black screen with a cursor. I tried to do systems restore but it said that i did not have a system restore point. I cannot start in any safe mode.

I have all my pictures, uni work etc and im terrified i've lost it all. I've only had the laptop a year.

Any suggestion would be amazing

Thank you

A:Black screen after windows start up doesn't go to login screen

Hello seven11 and welcome to SevenForums!

I think this article will be fairly interesting to read.

Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7?

Carry on.

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I'm using Vista Home Premium. Last night I just got rid of a virus (Antivirus 2009) and installed a new antivirus program (avast). I restarted a couple times, then went into safe mode, then shut off the computer. This morning I couldn't get it to boot, not even in safe mode. Everytime, it would make it past the loading bars, and then the screen would turn black, and there would just be the cursor there, with the little loading circle flashing.

Can someone tell me what is wrong? Or at least, can someone tell me how to get around this and boot up my computer at least once so that I can try system restore?

A:Vista won't boot; black screen with cursor appears before log-in

At this point the only thing I would suggest is resetting your BIOS by clearing your CMOS jumper on the motherboard.

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Hi all,

this is my very first forum post here, few people have recommended this site as a best W7 community on the internet.

I have problem with black screen(lag) between windows starting message and login screen, lag is about 10 seconds and its very annoying, here is the video so you can see the problem:

maybe this is normal? i have this install almost two years, i dont have to much programs, and i disabled almost all useless startup programs. I tried also disabling bootscan in my NOD32 antivirus but nothing changed.

Is there any solution for this? and can i post to you some logs or something?

Best regards

A:Black screen between Windows starting and login screen

It is Dell's factory install? Usually it is bloated up with some services and programs those are not needed. So you need to clean them up. Follow this guide:
Clean Up Factory Bloatware

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How can I change the windows 8.1 login screen (that comes with a password) and replace it with any image? I'm not talking about the LOCK screen. I searched a lot , some websites told me to edit the group policy and add a custom image here

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I'm having a weird problem. My laptop will show a black screen when booting. It seems no matter how long I wait, nothing happens. When I attach an external LCD to the laptop, it shows the Windows load or Windows resume graphics on the external monitor, but not on my laptop screen. As soon as the Desktop Screen with the Windows Login appears, it then appears on my laptop as well.

I also can't seem to get to safe mode. I push f8 and it never comes up I haven't installed any new software or hardware to cause this.
Any thoughts?

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So I've hit this issue where I am welcomed with a black screen which is supposed to be my login screen. It boots up, but what would look like the login screen is simply black. When moving the mouse, the cursor would emerge whilst changing from pointing to loading(cursor animations). The wifi icon from the lock screen seems to flicker sometimes but that's pretty much it, nothing could be done from my end.
I've tried resetting/restoring from the advanced boot options(triggered by constantly interrupting the bootup process) but it's telling me it cannot be done since the location of the OS is not "unlocked". Safe mode with networking/command prompt gives me the same result. Unfortunately, I do not have a system restore point nor a system image to use. The command prompt from within the repair does not let me use sfc /scannow, too.

Brief history of what happened beforehand:
I installed the Uxtheme patcher to enable third-party themes, then before rebooting installed an application called StartIsBack. After rebooting, it seemed fine and I changed my mind and decided to uninstall StartIsBack. It turns out the aforementioned program brings a cavalry of bloatware before you could uninstall it. After I got rid of the extra software it came with, I proceeded to delete each part of StartIsBack from its respective directories, but it wouldn't let me delete its core StartIsBack64.dll, because it is running in the background. There is no sign of it as well within the task manag... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Black screen prior to login screen

Try this tutorial: Repair Install Windows 8

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Hello. Recently had a virus and have been going through the steps here on bleeping computer to help get rid of it. The last thing I was told to do was run the farbar scan tool and to copy and paste a code and hit fix. Upon doing so the computer prompted for a restart. It now won't get to the log in screen. I've tried booting in safe mode and I've also tried last known working configuration as suggested and nothing has worked unfortunately. I was told to come here. Hopefully something can be done. Thanks a ton.

A:Windows won't get to login screen, black screen and cursor

Tap F8 at boot and select Repair Computer from the Advanced Boot Options. Do a System Restore to a date just before the problem. 
You cannot do the above and if you have another Windows 7 computer create a System Repair Disk. Boot and try a System Restore to a date just before the problem.

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Hello, thank you very much for taking a look at my log file and hopefully helping me figure out what's wrong and how it can be removed :-) Laptop starts normally up to Windows sign-in screen. Once logged on it produces a black screen, a "Please Wait" notification pops up and it seems to hang. You can let it sit for 15-20 minutes and it only opens Teamviewer as a start-up program. In the meantime the screen stays black, no Task Bar, no Desktop. You can bring up the Task Manager and see that it doesn't load the usual services. In Safe-Mode everything appears normal.

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Hello all,

Can someone help me figure out a problem my Windows 7 has while loading user credentials thumbnail? Lately it has been taking good 20 to 30 seconds right after the Please Wait screen to load all user credentials thumbnails! And even if after clicking a thumbnail, it takes about 5+ seconds to display password box. I have tried googling this issue but so far no luck.

Any suggestion or advice will be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows 7 takes 20 to 30 seconds after Please Wait screen

this problem may be cos you have a lot of startup programs turned on, also unnesecary services etc...

press start and type msconig and press enter.
select startup tab and click disable all button or manulay uncheck items.
now select services tab and check hide all microsoft services checkbox then click disable all button.
select boot tab and type number 3 into Timeout box and press OK

press start and type disk cleanup and enter.
when disk cleanup tool analyzes your drive check all the checkboxes and
clean up you C: partion (where windows is installed) using this tool.

goto C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Temp (change Admin with your username)
empty whole temp folder by selecting all files and folder and delete them.

finaly empty your recycle bin and restart computer.
see what changes you've achived and post the results.

also you may full scan your comp with Antivirs and defrag HD using defragmenter(start>defrag>enter)

after all these steps your may update windows and restart again.


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Hi, I have an issue where I'm stick at the please wait screen at boot and the screen keeps blinking. I have same issue booting into safe mode. Any help on how to resolve this? Thank you!

A:blinking screen at boot, please wait screen

You need to fill in your specs as complete as possible. If we don't know what your PC is, we can't help.

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After booting up my laptop and before the Windows login screen I get a screen which pops up. I have to press the OK button on this screen before the Wondows login screen will appear. The screen has a square outline with the filename in the top left corner and an OK button on the bottom of the screen - the center of the square is blank. The script before the file name is squares and lines which look like bar code. The file name which appears at the end of the script is always a dll type file and seems to be different each boot up. When I search on the file names the files are always related to Windows. These are the file names from the last three times I booted up. xpob2res.dll, wuaueng.dll, mprapi.dll. What do I need to do to get rid of this screen?

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Hi everybody. I'm kinda desperate with that problem, i hope you can help me.

I installed Win8 Pro, everything fine, i installed some programs and the latest drivers from Nvidia, i ran windows update so i rebooted, bios screen was right and then it appeared the win8 screen with the window and the circle looping and right after that while i had to be in the login screen i just get a black but stuttering screen where i only can see the mouse pointer. I restart in safe mode, uninstall the 550 Ti, then i can reboot whithout problem, Win8 detects the card and autoinstall the latest drivers and eveything is fine again and i'm able to play whatever i want, until i have to reboot or shutdown again. I need to uninstall the card from the device manager everytime i reboot if i want to have the chance of login again. Apart from this, everything runs fine.

So it looks like the card works right but there is a problem with the "welcome" and login screen. It's weird and frustrating and i would appreciate any help.

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The BIOS on your system dates from 2007. I'd have to wonder if this system is compatible with Windows 8

Many of your storage controller drivers date from 2008 and earlier - I'd have to wonder about those that are involved in any crashes, but there are no memory dump files to examine.

Lot's of errors about services not starting and Windows Updates not installing - but I don't speak Spanish so I can't be sure about the details. I must ask if this is a legal copy of Windows - as illegal copies have many of these same symptoms - and fixing them isn't something that we can do here.

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i got a very bad problem

basically, days b4 i had another prob where i could not update due to me doing a repair on the windows xp home os

turned out to b microsoft having a stealth update and the repair install screws up the file.

i managed to get the update after installing the dll and giving myself permissions to the registry.

however, after i installed the windows installer 3.1 update, it couldn't restart.

and when i shut the com manually, i couln'd get it booted pass the welcome screen

all i see is the good old blue back ground with the xp home logo.

no user name wad so eva

i ran a chkdsk and it turned out fine.

this also appears nomatter wad mode i boot as. safe or not


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You can take a look at some of these situations and see if one or more parallels what you experience:

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I didn't know where exactly this should go, so let me know if there is somewhere else it should be. I was cruisin' through the internet, next thing I know the only page that will load is the new tab page. So, like any hard working male, I restart my computer. Well, when i try to restart it after the windows graphic screen I get the 'Please wait...' and after a few seconds it goes to a black screen. A few more seconds it goes back to the 'Please wait...' screen. If left enough times, it will go back to the windows start up graphic and the process will begin again. I have tried to access the boot menu, but I am unable to because of the use of a USB keyboard. I have the availability of the mouse cursor, and I can use the keyboard in the 'Please wait...' and blank screen, but when it goes back to the start up graphic I am unable to use it. I have tried a few things I could think of. Plugging the USB keyboard into a different USB slot to see if my mother board gave it precedent, multiple restarts, spamming all manner of key combinations, and none of it has worked. Any help with this situation would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows start up as usual. Please wait is stuck, with a black screen.

You will have to plug the keyboard as PS2. PS2 keyboards are not very expensive and a usb-to-ps2 adapter is about ?1. I am afraid that there is no way to get the USB keyboard recognized before the drivers have loaded.

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Hello there, I need help!! I have an Acer 5720 with Windows Vista. It had been working fine. I was trying to go onto the internet and it would not open so I shut the computer off and restarted it. It try to do some repairs and kept freezing up during them. Now when I turn it on (by unplugging it and taking out the battery because it will not turn off any other way right now) I got an Acer screen for a few seconds and then it goes to a black screen with a blinking white cursor up at the top left corner of the screen. I have tried push control alt delete but nothing. I have push all kinds of buttons but get nothing! Not sure if it will ever work again but really need to try to get into it and save all my data!! Important business info in there and unfortunately it has not been backed up on a flash drive for way too long!! Please help me!!!!

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Kind of screen glitch that appears before windows 8 lock screen appears at start /restart and a notable delay in starting/restarting time than with my 1st win8 install.

I think this appeared after I installed my windows 7 back ( dont ask me why..)( a clean install) and installed my win8 back again.I dont think Ive done them corectly:

I couldnt install win 7 it in C ,neither to format that partition because of this message [Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks] and an error code 0x0000 smth... while attempting to format the C. I could only manage to instal windows 7 back after deleting all of the partiton and now I have a single C one.

When Ive tried to reinstall windows 8 these days I expected to see only a partiton where to put my windows but instead there were other minor ones too ( they dint shown during my win7 install) like they appear now if I open disk management .

So now I have that glitch when starting windows 8. I dont know how to describe it: its a black screen -with that windows 8 doted loading wheel -partially covering my Motherboard logo screen ( that screen at startup with bios setup, boot menu options etc).I say partially becuase I can see parts of my motherboard screen on left and right but they are kinda shredded and disolved into scraps. This appears after the clean Motherboard screen witht those options I mentioned above. On my 1st win 8 inst... Read more

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A BSoD issue...

PIII Intel 82845 motherboard PC with Win XP SP2.
I had previously installed Vista Pack (thus replacing the Logon UI interface, other start menu etc) However that was removed half a yr back. It didn't quite uninstall Logon Ui. However, that did not pose any problem, as the XP without traces of Vista Pack continue to Boot up (although Logon screen splashed Vista type Logon Ui)..

That was to prepare you for history of this XP installation.

then, few days back, I used a exhaustive program called TuneUp utilities for XP 2008 edition. Somehow, I got hooked into changing Display setting etc. No probs. However, on few tries of changes, I happened to remember I clicked on the Configuration option of , 'Switch to Default Windows XP Logon UI' or something that prompted that TuneUp wants to bypass the VistaLOGON Ui.

After that setup change, the XP goes to boot process. On appearance of Logon screen, which somehow, it still props up old Vista Ui logon, a BOSD appears. STO P error. "Your system has been shutdown to prevent damage to registry."

I tried all options in Safe Mode, F8 button. I also used the "Don't shutdown on bluescreen option" That's how I managed to note down the Registry thing.

It also prompts me to disable 'Shadowing' option of RAM in BIOS. Although I doubt, cause the XP was working fine without any bios change.

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One small thing to add: How can i copy the LogonUI.ex_ from a directory created for a XP SP2 file set, to windows\system32\logonUI.exe Is it a command called as expand.exe Is it inside XP SP2 directory. Can it be run from DOS bootup without HIMEM access. Basic DOS? Or is it recommended to boot up from XP bootable CD and run expand .exe to unpack LogonUI.ex_ or just copying internet dowloaded LogonUI.exe for SP2?

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I cannot get to my desktop as this black screen is preventing me to do so.

It doesn't even give me enough time to log in!
It happened once before but it magically started to work the other time.
This never happened when I was still using the stock 640GB HDD that the laptop came with. So maybe I'm thinking it's because of my SSD having problems?

Fortunately, I can still get to Safe Mode and it says I got a BSOD and here's some details that it showed:

BCCode: d1
BCP1: 0000000000000010
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: FFFFF8800170F5D6

I went to Event Viewer and took a look on what made my computer mess up and it says that winlogon.exe and Explorer. initiated the restart of my computer and said there was no reason for it.

A:Black Screen appears 2 secs after Logon Screen shown

This will probably be moved to

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Hello there fellow vista users,
Here's my painful vista installation scenario:

Booting from DVD"Windows is loading files... (white progress bar) (takes ~1 minute)Blue/green vista background (HDD and DVD drives are active) (takes 20 minutes for the next screen)I get to select languages, then click on "install now"Next I get a "please wait..." screen (HDD and DVD drives are active) (takes 40 minutes for the next screen)If I'm "lucky" I get this next - "A required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing" pop-up and that's as far as I was able to go
The same happens with Windows 7, the screens differ a little, and I think the waiting times between these screens a even longer, but it's the same deal
Windows XP installs fast and without an errors

What I've tried so far:

Updated BIOSTried different settings in BIOSTried different RAMSwitched DVD drive to slave/masterBunch of other desperate stuff Updated the DVD drive firmware to the most recentChecked with Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (no issues found)
My specs are in my profile, if you need more information on the matter, please ask
Thanks in advance

A:Cannot install Vista, stuck on "please wait" screen

First try running the free Windows 7 upgrade advisor located here: Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta

If you've got XP installed, also run the free Vista upgrade advisor located here: Download details: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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I already did this.Black Screen Hang (after splash screen appears) (usually video driver)- Last Known Good Configuration- Safe Mode- install/reinstall latest version of video drivers. I downloaded the latest video driver and installed it. But the black screen hang still keeps on happening. Please Help

A:Black Screen Hang (after splash screen appears)

What happens when you try to get into Safe Mode?The next most common issue for black screen hangs is a problem with the hard drive.You can try these commands from the Recovery Console ( )They will attempt to correct issues with the File System on your hard drive.FIXMBRFIXBOOTCHKDSK /RIf that does not fix it, then I'd suggest a bootable diagnostic available from the manufacturer of your hard drive. There's a list of the most common one's in this thread: The diagnostic will tell you if your hard drive is starting to fail (or not).

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running windows 10 version 1607,anyways windows did its regular update thing and when it was done now i cant login. i enter my password and its welcome and then just goes right back to the lock screen. please help. cant find anything relevant online so far. sony vaio pc.

A:cant login after recent windows update, stuck at login screen

Hi ! Did you create a system repair CD or a system recovery drive?? Here are the ways that you can recover. My first choice would be to restore to a time before the update with a restore point! Read this by HTG! How to Create and Use a Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc in Windows 8 or 10
PS! Using a Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc
A recovery drive will normally not be necessary. If your computer fails to boot several times, Windows 8 or 10 will automatically bring up the advanced startup options, which allows you to troubleshoot and fix it.
If Windows can?t even bring up these tools, you?ll need the recovery drive, system repair disc, or a Windows 8 or 10 installation disc. Insert the recovery media into your computer and restart. Your computer should boot from the recovery media automatically. (If it doesn?t, you may need to change its boot order.)

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This has never happened before. When I turn on the computer, the two accounts show up (both administrator) but whenever I click either of them, the screen just shows the Windows 7 login screen for a while without any text then sends me back to the account selection. This happens when I select either of the accounts, one of them also has a password but that doesn't show up either.

(also don't know a lot about computers ;-; )

EDIT : When I turned on the computer, it went through updates where it says Starting Windows with the Windows logo. Maybe this helps.

A:Can't login to Windows 7. Sends me back to login screen every time.

Same thing happened to me since the update yesterday.

( just to clarify Is this the same problem ? I posted a video Windows Error - YouTube )

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When I boot up my Inspiron 1501 and I login with my password the screen goes blank. My mouse cursur is viewable and movable, but nothing else. If I boot up in safe mode I do no better. I can get to admin command prompt when booting off the disk but I am not sure what to look for.
I need to get his fixed for my daughter to bring back to school, Ive tried everything that Google searches provided but I can't even access my start menu to try most of the recommendations. Help!

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I am having a nightmare with my laptop which has windows vista ultimate on it.

I chose to shut down the laptop by choosing the option "Shut down after installing updates", and so it started to shut down. However, after a couple of hours I checked and saw the laptop was still on, and it was stuck on Update 3 / 3.

The status screen displays the following:

Installing Update 3 / 3 - 0%

A couple of moments later, the laptop displays "Shutting down" and just like that it does. Not matter which mode I run the laptop in or how much times I let it "loop-around", it returns to the same screen. The problem is I cannot even get to the login screen, let alone try something to fix the damn system!

I am really against a wall here, as I have no idea what to do. I would appreciate if someone could help me out with my dilemma, or either help me find out the below information:

- Is there a way I can backup information from my hard drive while the laptop is on, but not logged on?
- Is there a way I can restore the latop to an earlier state using the restore option without logging on to the system?

Thank you.

A:Vista Updates do not let me get to the login screen

Restore to an earlier date with your install dvd.
Boot from your Vista DVD, then repair your computer, choose your OS and the console should appear, choose to restore at an earlier date.

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Recently reinstalled Vista and am in the process of reloading all my programs and drivers.

I'm trying to get my XFX nVidia 8800GTX drivers to install but they simply do not work.
When I install them, reboot, login the screen just goes black and loses signal. If I reboot again it makes it to the login screen then goes black.

PC boots fine into safe mode where I can remove the drivers and revert back to Vista's default display driver.

The PC has no onboard graphics.

Things I've tried so far:Different Memory/RAM
Different Drivers - I've tried around 4 different versions of the nVidia Forceware Drivers
Reinstalling Vista (Can't believe this didn't fix the problem)

I've looked in the event viewer for any clues and found this error:

'IRQARB: ACPI BIOS does not contain an IRQ for the device in PCI slot 3, function 0. Please contact your system vendor for technical assistance.'

Not sure if that has anything to do with it, none of the other errors in the event viewer appear to be related to my problem.

The fact that the PC works fine with Vista's default display driver suggests that there is no problem with the screen or the graphics card itself.

I've read several threads in other forums with people that have the same problem but no concrete solutions.

Any help with this would be much appreciated.

A:Black Screen At Vista Login

Hello szkoda

Have you checked out the NVIDIA forums?

also, I would get a most recent driver update of your video card from NVIDIA website.

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Hi all, I am trying to get some help making the login screen behave itself on Windows Vista. I don't know what they were smoking, drinking, and/or snorting when they designed this garbage, but here goes:

By default on Vista Buisness, if you are a member of a domain, the login screen shows ONLY the last-logged-in user. If you click "Switch User" you get that same user and an "Other User" option where you can type in a complete username and password. If you need to log in to a local account for whatever reason(and there are many), you have to jump through a whole lot of annoying hoops.

The behavior I would sincerely like to see is something more like what you get on a non-domain workstation, wherein the login screen defaults to showing a list of users, specifically a local account and a few of the last-logged-in users, maybe 5, or all of them would also be just fine. Anything but the current behavior.

Or, alternatively, if anyone has found a way to just make it look and act exactly like the old-style XP domain login, I'd be happy with that, too.

Things I've already tried:

Changing the security policy "Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name." - all this does is make it so you have to type in a username and password no matter what.

Typing ".\" instead of whatever else, again, doesn't help, doesn't solve my problem. I either need a simple button or drop-down menu or nothing at all.

EDIT: Have also found about a... Read more

A:Vista Login Screen problem

I don't think that is possible with Windows Home Basic or Home Premium. It might be with Business, Pro, Enterprise, and Ultimate using group policy editor. Will have to see what the other guys say.

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i am using VIsta Ultimate, & when i boot up the OS, at the start up it gives a screen in which the wallpaper says " A World without Religion" ... I respect all religions & really this sort of start up screen is not what i like.

Please tell me how can i change this. there mite be a way....

also note that i am not talking abt the welsome screen in which it shows the users, but i am talking abt the login screen, prior to the login screen.



A:How to change Vista Login Screen

Hi ersilan, welcome to TSF...

The only references I found to this online related to the use of an activation bypass crack. If you have used one of those, that would be the problem.

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I have an Acer Extensa 5620Z laptop running Windows Vista. Just today it would not start up properly. The scrolling Windows loading bar will run and then it will either go to a black screen with a frozen cursor and freeze, or it will stop at the Windows logo and freeze. I can get into Safemode.

I have tried running the CHKDSK repair, and system restore. The system restore doesn't even work because once it reboots, it just freezes before the login screen before it can even run. I have also tried Startup repair. CHNKDSK said it found no errors.

I also tried to boot into Safemode with Networking so that I could update virus definitions and run a scan, but it couldn't even do that.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.


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My laptop boots up. I enter login password. Wallpaper shows on screen & after the sys tray populates with the icons. the screen blanks 3 times then all is well.
Any suggestions?

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Hello, I am running Vista 64-bit and after I login I get a black screen with only a cursor. I am able to run the task manager but it appears that explorer.exe is corrupted when I try to run it from the task manager. My system restore is also corrupted so I am unable to go back in time to when my computer worked. I am not really sure what to do so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:Vista 64 bit black screen after login

Have you tried Safe Mode?
If possible run chkdsk /r

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Hello folks.
I have an acer aspire M5630 and I am running 32-bit Vista Home Premium (pre-installed).

I think I gotta a spyware of some sort, so I downloaded and installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Did a scan and it found quite a few bad things, so I proceeded to quarantine all of it. Got a message that some thing will be deleted after a reboot - so I said OKAY to reboot.

Now, it starts, gets all the way to login screen (admin and another user) I login as admin... wait a few moments and the screen goes to black, with movable white cursor and it stays like this for hours - goes nowhere.

When I login as other user - it works perfectly.
I can also login as admin through safe mode...

... anyone has an idea why I get the black screen as admin and I do not get it as a user or as admin in safe mode? Any way to fix this?


A:Vista Black Screen After Login

It does sound like you got pretty hosed up with some spy ware. Here is what I would do if you can login under safe mode. You will need to grant the other user admin rights if they don't have them alread.

I used to do this in XP all the time, I have not tested it in Vista although it should work. GL if you opt to give it a trial run. This of course, is at your own risk!!!!

1. Boot up in safe mode
2. Go to the c:\users\ and locate the folder with the name of the infected user
3. rename the folder to infecteduser.old
4. reboot into standard mode and try to login again.

If login works you'll notice all of your shortcuts and settings are gone and it appears to be a default setup before you made any changes. Copy the data you need from the folder you renamed to the new user folder that has been created. Only take the data that you really need, you don't know where the virus is at and the more you take, the higher your odds of bringing with you become.

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Hi, being new here. I just discovered having this problem today. First thing this morning I went to my computer. When the login screen came up, I entered in my user and password. Then I saw the "Welcome". Which stayed there for about five minutes before I restarted the computer, which didn't fix my problem. I tried Safe Mode, which didn't make a difference. It didn't take as long, but then I saw the blue screen. It said something like "---- unexpectedly close." Then at the bottom there were memory dumps. I couldn't see what was there because the blue screen was there for five seconds, before the PC restarted itself.

It was working fine last night. Before my six year old sister was playing with the computer despite my attempts to make a password account and full parental controls.

I believe I did manage to log in to another account that's not the administrator, but when I when to modify the user accounts the whole motherboard crashed. Every program, even the desktop. I couldn't do Alt + Tab and the Ctrl +Alt + Delete.

Please help me fix this thing. I need it to do my classwork.

A:Windows Vista- I cannot get past the "welcome" login screen

Try waiting longer (30/60 minuits)... If it starts up after that your software messed up, backup ur school work and stuff like that and re-install windows.

If it doesn't I can't help you..

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Hi, I'm new here. I created this account for help because my mother's password seems changed and she couldn't login, the keyboard wasn't sticky so she didn't mistype, caps lock wasn't on. I typed it my self and it didn't work, restarted the computer and it didn't work neither. I then go to thinking it was hacked and the password was simply changed. I go looking around for password changing boots for my flashdrive. I burned PASSCAPE on to my 16gig 2-1 flashdrive. Tried booting on all settings, booted normally, didn't work. So, I ignored it for a while and kept clicking "Reset password" button, It showed up as "Passcape" but claimed the usb slot was empy, wasn't; the slot is "F". I gave up hope on it, so I found this youtube video to reset it the manual labor way-here's the link to it: " " So, continuing on..

I was simply following the video's instructions, so at step one at duration "2:02" I have to cause a error, I just keep shutting-down the pc while it's booting, because windows will assume it's an error after 2 - 3 times of doing so. Okay, by the time I get to "Repair your computer" button I press enter. And the shocking surprise I get which is odd is this in quotes:
" Windows Boot Manager

Windows has failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

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A:Cannot login to Windows login screen and can't system repair.

NEWS FLASH: I just learned something new about the password problem, my mother never told me exactly what the problem is but I've been typing it wrong the entire time, typed it in and this in quotes is my discovery:

" The User Profile Service service failed the logon.
User profile cannot be loaded. "

She never told me exactly what was the problem everyone, all she said is "Did you change the password" (waking me up at 8AM) then "The password is changed and I can't get on!" What is this problem we are experiencing-i've never seen this before.

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Hello, I think my friends son downloaded something on his computer, (I am using a clean computer to contact you) we can get to windows login screen press our Icon(windows login name) and it just freezes, sometimes it will login but it will have the hour glass for like 10 min and then automatically restarts the computer. I can login to safe mode, It is a desktop runnin winxp.. Really that is all the info I have... Please Please Help Here are my logs, I had to do them in safe mode.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Administrator at 9:30:41 on 2012-03-19
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1015.810 [GMT -5:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
mSearch Bar = hxxp://
BHO: {014861A7-D0B8-4E90-A1C5-1F6C90EF4DA2} - No File
BHO: {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - No File
BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class: {06849e9f-c8d7-4d59-b87d-784b7d6be0b3} - c:\program files\adobe\acrobat 7.0\activex\AcroIEHelpe... Read more

A:INFECTED; Can't Login to Windows; Freezes @ Login Screen

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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Recently XP Pro has been taking ages to boot up. The system post screens come up and the windows loading bar shows no problem but then before the windows welcome screen appears followed by the desktop i get a black screen for approx 30 - 60 seconds.

Once the desktop has finally loaded the pc works absolutely as normal

I have not installed any new hardware or software recently.

I cannot hear any drive activity during the black screen

Would appreciate any ideas

A:Solved: Black Screen Before Welcome screen appears

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When I start up my computer, it seems like everything's going fine, it continues to load.
After the loading is finished, I get a blank screen with only my mouse to move around.
(Like before the username's show up before logon)
I've let my computer set for a long time, maybe it was just loading slow, but it gets stuck, right before logon at the blank screen.
There are no error messages, and no new hardware.
I used repair to check for startup problems.
I don't have system restore enebled.
I cannot get into safe mode. (does the same logon thing)
This is vista home premium x64.
What can I do to fix this.
(I also have a parallel drive with xp on it, so I can modify files if needed)
**Extra info if needed**
It seems to be exactly like a normal startup without the user accounts showing up.
I get to the black screen with the mouse, and the computer still has hard drive activity like its starting up.
Then after a couple mins it just seems like a normal computer idling.
Also, the screen shuts off after 20 mins, which means the screen saver options got loaded.
I'm wondering is there anything that could be halting the background and user logins to show up?

A:Can't Login to Vista - Blank screen with mouse

I'm not sure what to tell you....I would boot into xp and defrag the vista drive I would also run a scandisk on the vista disk with all options ticked and do a full virus scan let me know if that helps.

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Hi, and HELP...with Vista (Dell XPS430 desktop)

Initially the system would not boot, tried various things, managed to get into safemode and do a backup since the weekend (Phew!) Now the system still won't load, it's done 'fixes' chkdsk's and restored to the last restore point, but all to no avail... so now I get the normal login screen, and either I click on my user picture, and I get the pic's dissappear, just leaving the background screen, and it hangs there... and sometimes it does the same, but it allow me to put my password in before it hangs...

Any ideas of how to get out of this without a factory restore would be most welcomed...
Thanks - G

A:Vista won't load past login screen

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Hola... Well, A Vista issue..

A perfectly working Vista machine, on startup after login we go to a black screen with a cursor in normal or safe mode, thought it might be busy, but ran all night and never completely booted up, if ctl-alt-del, you can log off normal, and shut down or restart.

Unfortunately I was a MS dummie and never made a sys restore point, but beyond that this should not happen, and I am probally not the only one.

Any others with this issue and any resolve other than re-installing windows.

Thank you in advance.

A:Win Vista black screen after login, and only cursor

Call the OEM of this machine and see what they have to say.
Different OEM's are having different issues with their hardware.

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ok heres the deal iv installed the sp1 from microsoft website and
it installed with no issue as i thought i would
but after a few logins later i login and it goes to a black screen
with a folder open and the i have restart explorer in order to see
desk top and i had backup before i installed sp1 useing windows

1 i dont know how to use the windows restore to restore the files
from the backup that i did right before i installed sp1

2 i just want to did a restore to the point right before i installed sp1

as that ill wait till the sp1 comes to me thro windows update



A:[SOLVED] vista sp1 login to black screen

Hi Mike. . .

To perform a System Restore do the following:

Bring up an ELEVATED command prompt START | type rstrui.exe | right-click on rstrui.exe up top | select Run as Administrator | answer the UAC prompt - Continue/enter Admin password

The system restore screen will appear. When in the screen where you select the restore point (date/time) look to the bottom left - the should be a box to check to show restore points older than 5 days if needed.

If your system is too unstable, you can perform the restore in SAFEMODE.

Good Luck. . .

jcgriff2 - JC

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Edit: Please close this
In the mean time refer to

A:Unable to reach vista login screen :/

.... um... didnt you already post this?

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Hi, i'm a bit stuck with this one and could use some help.

Basicly a friend had a virus on her laptop and also a .net 3.5 update would not install, fixed those two problems fine but now i have another one!

On the login screen (vista) theres 2 accounts and when you click on one to enter the password the button which normaly says "Switch User" now says "sable time stamp. The time service will not update the local system until it is able to synchronize with a time".

I am presuming its a text string that is missing or corrupted but i cant find it, does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks for reading,

A:strange text on vista login screen


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I have three Admin accounts on my Vista Premium box running SP2. When I log onto any of the three all I get is a black screen and a cursor. When I access the Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL I delete explorer.exe in the processes tab and then go to File > Run > explorer <enter> and I am able to access the desktop for that user. On each of the three admin accounts when I do this it eventually freezes up and the only thing I can do is to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the computer or go to a different user and experience the same result.
FWIW - I have no problem accessing and using my Guest account.
I have performed the following to resolve this issue w/o any success:
1. Restored a system restore point
2. ran sfc /scannow (it found no problems)
3. Uninstalled my video driver adapter
4. ran the HP diagnostic tools
5. ran SuperAntiSpyware and Spybot from a UBCD (neither found any issues)

Any suggestions to resolve this problem would be appreciated.

Thank you for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!

A:Solved: Vista black screen after login

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I have an HP dv9500t Intel T7300 C2D w/ 2 GB memory and Vista Premium. This has just started in the last couple of days after installing Trend Micro Internet Security. After boot up and entering my password on the login screen, the login begins with the colored Vista screen and the spinning circle (hour glass) and then will fade to black with nothing but the cursor visible. It will stay this way from anywhere between 1-3 minutes and finally will finish the login and the main screen will come up. It's very frustrating.

I have even uninstalled Trend Micro and it is still doing the same thing. Any known fixes for this problem? Are there any Vista updates for this problem. If anyone has had this problem and has a solution, it would be greatly appreicated. This laptop is only a month old!!!

A:Vista gets black screen with cursor after login

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Sup guys,

The problem I have atm is has decided to just die on me by refusing to load the log in screen. It also must be mentioned this problem started when the power went out.. Other than that it has never happened before over the time I have owned this computer (about 6-8 months), and I'v had several electricity black outs before that..

My Specs are as followed
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32Bit
RAM: Kingston 2GB
HD: Seagate 500gb
GFX: Nvidia 8800GT
PowerSupply: Inbuilt, about 500W
PROC: Intel 6600quadcore

The screen before the log in screen says somthing like:
Some data hasn't been saved when you shutdown on the last session would you like to boot on safemode?

When I tried to get into the OS through safe mode, or running safemode and command prompt it made no difference.. I just got the black screen with the cursor loading..

I'v tried ultimatebootcd and some of the HD diagnostic stuff on that. I'v tried defragging it, running antispyware, virus software but nothing. I'v tried some of the system diagnostic stuff on the vista disc.. The system repair thing tells me to unplug any external devices which I have.. (I checked like 5 times lol), system restore can't restore to a previous date either and the full system restore doesn't do anything.

I then resorted to just trying to reinstall the OS and I can't without a product key
The prodcut key they say I received with the disk isn't on the casing, the manual or on the disk and I can't access the OS... Read more

A:Unable to reach vista login screen :/

i know have had some instances of vista taking FOREVER [15-20 minutes] to get to the login screen

try letting it sit for a bit and see what happens.

if it still refuses to load then try installing an os on another drive [you should be able to install vista without a cd key, but then again ive only installing from custom vista cds from my old company, so they might have been modified]

then try this, its a bit involved, and might not work on vista, but its the only thing i could think of:

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Hi, I have windows vista on another laptop - a samsung r60 and it keeps freezing at start up. Can't get past the user log in screen. At first, last known good configuration would start the laptop but now even that doesn't work. It's been running slowly for months before and a mcaffee scan revealed no viruses. Can't do a system restore because there are no restore points - would restore system state work and how do I do this please? Or can you offer any other advice? Have also tried directory service repair. Many thanks, Terri

A:Vista freezing - can't get past login screen

Try booting with the Vista DVD and choose Startup Repair.

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Hi Ladies and Gents,

As the title says, I'm unable to login at the password prompt screen on my Vista operating system. The Password box still has a flashing cursor though so it's not a complete screen freeze, but i'm unable to move the mouse finger scroller, and the keyboard wont work at all. Tried keying every single button.

I'll try and give as much information as i can here.

I am using a laptop (fujitsu siemens amilo), and im not using the keyboard or mouse through any usb connection. Nothing is connected to the usb ports.

I didn't install or uninstall any hardware or software yesterday before i shut down my laptop. However, i do remember shutting down whilst an external hard drive was still plugged in via usb, but I would be surprised if this caused the problem.

The keyboard does work before the laptop is booted to the login screen. I restarted the laptop and tapped F8, and it brought me to the advanced boot option screen. I have various options, but i didnt want to play around with all of them until i get some advice from you guys.

I did however try the options Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and Start Windows with last known good configuration. But all four of these options still all require me to enter a password at the login screen, so these options are useless.

I tried Enable Boot Logging option, didn't seem to solve anything.

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A:Unable to Login at Password Screen using Vista


The solution - just incase anyone else has this problem in the future -

It turned out it was the Touchpad drivers that had an error.

I had a spare USB mouse lying around, so I plugged this in, and this was working. On the password screen, I clicked on the ease of access button, which brought up the onscreen keyboard, which allowed me to type in my password and login.

I then checked my devices in the control panel, and a little yellow exclamation symbol was displayed next to the keyboard and mouse. I went onto my manufactor website (fujitsu siemens), downloaded the Touchpad driver, re-installed the laptop, and everything is perfect.

Hope this information helps somebody else in the future.

Keep up the great work on this great website.


Found myself again Richard.

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Hi, i have a problem with a friends laptop running Vista home premium

On the login screen theres 2 accounts and when you click on one to enter the password the button which normaly says "Switch User" now says "sable time stamp. The time service will not update the local system until it is able to synchronize with a time".

Unfortunatly system restore was disabled so i cant try that.
This happened i after doing a defrag of the hard drive which had over 60% fragmantation.

I am presuming its a text string that is missing or corrupted but i cant find it, does anyone have any ideas? I've had a search but cant find an answer.

Thanks for reading,

A:strange text on vista login screen

Hi, open a cmd prompt (as admin) type:-

net start w32time press enter

Check the time is correct in the notification area

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I have an HP Pavilion M9340f desk top running Vista X64 Service pack 2.

Everything was working fine on Sunday July 11 when computer shut down now when starting computer boots fine to log in screen. When the admin user is selected to log in the screen goes black and all that is seen is the mouse cursor. I have left the computer on this screen for more than an hour to see if the login has slowed. No change after the hour. When logging into a user other than admin, logs in fine, but will not allow any executable file to run. Window live one care does not run, Avast Professional has an error and will not run. Tried to run defogger to start the logging sequence but it will not run just sits their with the working icon showing( more than 20 minutes now.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey all, I'm posting on behalf of a friend here. Recently her desktop's begun freezing on boot at the login screen, but only after being turned off all night. When she reboots it and tries again, it works without a hitch. There aren't any error messages.Googling's been of no help, and it's especially difficult to fix since it only happens after it's been off for a long time. I'm not sure how else to help her. Is anyone here familiar with this problem?The computer is a HP Slimline s3700z with the following specs:

A:Vista freezes completely on login screen

I didn't see an edit button, but here's an update:As of today and yesterday, her computer has started to freeze in the middle of the day. It hasn't begun to do it often, but it wasn't happening before. When it freezes, keyboard commands don't work, nor the mouse. She has to force shut down by holding the power button. She works from home on her computer so it's really important we get this figured out!EDIT: Removed link to malware log, not allowed nor used in XP forum, no evidence of malware problem ~ Hamluis.

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Black Screen appears on returning from DOS to Windows!

While playing any DOS based game in Full Screen mode or while working on Turbo C++ in full sreen mode, when I return to windows, the screen turns black and no display can be seen. In the background, windows sounds like Logging off, etc. can be heard but the only problem is that the screen remains blacked-out. Ultimately I've to restart my system to resolve this error.
I also have the latest graphics drivers installed and I think that this problem started after I installed SP2. Please help so that I do not get a blacked out screen and also that I do not have to restart my system several times.

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I have recently bought new computer with following configuration.

Processor - Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz
Motherboard - MSI 785G E-53
Ram - G-Skill DDR3 1600Mhz 4GB (2X2GB)
WD 1TB CaviorGreen
WD 500GB CaviorGreen
Graphics Card - ATI FirePro v3750 256mb

I have installed Win 7, and since the first boot after installation I am getting The Blue scrren whenever I start the windows and it apperas right after the "Welcome" screen of windows. now if I remove any hard disk and start my computer again then it work without bsod. why?

I have attached mini dump so please help me.
I want to know whether it motherboard problem or not.

A:BSOD - when booting windows appears at - Welcome screen

I'm sorry I didn't quite get the last part. Did you say you remove the hard disk and no longer get a blue screen?? I'm going to assume you have more than one hard drive? Maybe you could clarify this a bit for us?

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Hi all,

This morning when I tried to log-in to my computer as per usual, I was faced with a black screen and could only move my cursor.

I then tried to reformat my desktop with a USB, and it was going on well until the end where the black screen and cursor appeared once again.

I have seen some responses here/online and I have tried a variety of measures but to no avail.

I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

A:Black screen appears towards the end of reformatting Windows 7

Work through the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

If these fail then test the hardware from the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

Report back all steps' results as there will be other ones indicated.

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